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The good the bad and the downright bonkers

BY Margaret Anne Soderqvist-Clark
Employment law
BG Purple

Never let it be said that the world of HR is dull! We’ve uncovered a trio of barmy stories showing just how unconventional some workplaces can be. 

First up we have the rather macabre story of a dental nurse in Bedfordshire who, after being disciplined by her boss, tried to poison her. To make matters worse, this was no petty disciplinary; the nurse, Ravinder Kaur, had been disciplined for leaving a patient in the chair while she went on her lunch break. Clearly Ms Kaur did not see the error of her ways and felt that revenge was in order. She took mercury capsules used for dental fillings and spiked her boss’ coffee with the poisonous metal. Thankfully the manager did not suffer any lasting ill effects after pouring away half the coffee because it tasted funny. 

From one indignant employee to another, we bring you the story of one Joe Blumm, a petrol station worker from Michigan. Mr Blumm landed in hot water after closing up the petrol station and leaving a scathing note for his boss who had failed to arrive for her shift. The note read: “Hey boss, learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late. +1 hour with no phone call is unacceptable. As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must, but realize I walked due to YOUR negligence. Joe.”. Sadly, taking the moral high ground did not work and Mr Blumm was fired for his actions. 

For our final story we move back across the pond to Birmingham, where the boss of a web-based bespoke gift company has won the love and admiration of Game of Thrones fans across the world by giving his employees Monday mornings off to watch the show. The wildly popular series airs on Sunday nights in the US and, inevitably, plot spoilers litter the internet as soon as the credits roll. Some of Dan Rice’s employees were reportedly distraught after learning of key plot twists, such as the Red Wedding, before they had the chance to watch the show. Mr Rice sympathised with his employees and decided to give them Monday mornings off to prevent further anguish. What a guy!

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